Rhode Island has made the decision to change its name because of historical slavery connotations.

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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has made a ground-breaking announcement...

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And it is truly taking our country a step in the right direction.

The Black Lives Matter movement has taken over the world...

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Since the death of George Floyd, protests for the movement have been happening across the globe in volumes we've never seen before.

Racially motivated police brutality has been happening for centuries now...

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But George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.

Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...

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And they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.

Many protests turned violent...

But change needs to happen and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.

Remarkably, however, they seem to be working.

Thanks to these riots, the Black Lives Matter movement is dominating global headlines, and it has completely taken over social media.

Protests have been happening across the pond too...

Hundreds of thousands of people have been taking to the streets in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

We are witnessing history in the making...

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And people are continuing to demand justice.

But what about what's already written in history books?

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In school, we were all taught about our country's rich history... but it turns out that we are all completely oblivious to some very important facts in regard to the black community and slavery.

We're all well aware of the history America has with slavery...

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And when children are taught about it in school, they're more than often told it ended with Abraham Lincoln’s signature on the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.

But this didn't mean slavery was over.

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As late as June 19, 1865, enslaved people in Texas were still held in bondage, and on that date, federal troops entered the state and began to punish slaveholders and former Confederates who refused to obey the law.

This date became known as "Juneteenth."

"Juneteenth is a deeply emotional moment for enslaved people," historian Karlos K. Hill, of the University of Oklahoma, said.

In Texas and across the country, emancipated African Americans began celebrating annually, with parades, concerts, and picnics.

"Being able to go wherever they want and being able to wander about; for enslaved people, it was an expression of their freedom," Hill explained. "Formerly enslaved people celebrating, in public, their newfound freedom, was an act of resistance."

However, by the time 1877 had come around, the federal government had largely abandoned the south.

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The lynching era — when hundreds of African Americans were brutally killed by white mobs each year across the North and the South — began soon after.

It is so important for people of our country to be aware of these brutal occurrences...

And it demonstrates highly were some of the disgusting attitudes towards black people come from.

Even though Juneteenth is not a national holiday...

It is still celebrated by many people across the country, and it is usually dubbed as "Independence Day for the black community."

The fact still remains that slavery isn't acknowledged anywhere near as much as it should be...

But the news is just in that some big changes are about to happen.

The official name of the smallest U.S. state is Rhode Island and Providence Plantations...

Some of its residents have been trying for the past 3 decades to drop the phrase "and Providence Plantations," which they consider an offensive reminder of the state's once-dominant role in the trade of enslaved Africans.

That name-changing drive finally got a boost on Monday.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo announced that the offensive phrase would no longer appear on official state documents.

It has been officially signed off...

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"This morning I signed an executive order removing the phrase Providence Plantations from gubernatorial orders and citations, all executive branch agency websites, all official correspondence, and state employee pay stubs and paychecks," she explained.

The public is overjoyed with this huge decision...

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"We can't ignore the image conjured by the word 'plantation,'" she told a cheering crowd at a news conference held at a Providence public park. "We can't ignore how painful that is for Black Rhode Islanders to see that and have to see that as part of their state's name."

When a man from the audience shouted, "It's demoralizing"...

The governor agreed. "It's a slap in the face, it's painful."

She won praise for ordering the change from one of the young Black organizers of the recent street protests.

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"This is what we wanted. This is what gives me hope to continue," said sixteen-year-old Faith Quinnea. "Knowing our voices were heard and respected is a different kind of joy. I'm proud to stand here and say I participated in the difference."

This is the change our country desperately needs...

And all we can do is hope that the rest of us begin to follow Gina's powerful lead. Make sure to keep scrolling to read about the controversy behind Aunt Jemima pancake mix...